Why it matters: Jake Birtwhistle, a three-time Commonwealth Games medallist and former Under 23 World champion, has won the Oceania Triathlon Cup and Sprint Championship in Devonport.
Setting the pace: Jake Birtwhistle won the race with his running expertise, timing his run to perfection to lead home an all-Australian podium from Callum McClusky and Brandon Copeland.
What they are saying:
- Jake Birtwhistle: "It was exciting and it was a tough race out there today, so I’m really quite pleased with how the race panned out."
- Callum McClusky: "Jake unfortunately had the better run legs, and maybe I went out a little bit too hard, and he had a really good kick at the end."
- Brandon Copeland: "It was a tough day alright...So there was a lot of navigating going on, and then on the run, Callum went out super quick...and Jake just had the bit between his teeth and he went after it."
Between transition: The race featured an impressive field of competitors, including Kira Hedgeland and Charlotte Derbyshire in the women's race, and the bike course proved to be quite tactical with a few attacks off the front.
Devonport 2023 Oceania Cup & Sprint Championship Results
1. Jake Birtwhistle (AUS)
2. Callum McClusky (AUS)
3. Brandon Copeland (AUS)